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  1. Friday, August 15

    Friday Show and Tell

    Happy Friday! I’m currently sitting in Pacific City, Oregon looking out my hotel window at the ocean, where there is a HUGE rock poking through the fog to say good morning. My visit to Tillamook has been amazing and I’ll definitely share more next week! For now you can go look at all my pictures from the trip so far on Instagram and I need to go get gussied up to meet some Tillamook cows!

    view from the cape kiwanda inn in pacific city, oregon by @janemaynard

    Here are my food posts on Babble and Cosmo this week!

    Everyone gets a turn during show and tell, so please share your own stuff!


  2. Sunday, November 10

    Week 355 Menu

    These bananas are going to be used in something out-of-this-world-delicious later today. Well, assuming all goes well it will be out-of-this-world-delicious. And, if all does in fact go well, you’ll be getting the recipe this week. Everyone cross fingers and toes!

    bananas | thisweekfordinner.com

    How is it time to plan another menu? SERIOUSLY.

    MONDAY:
    Cilantro Sour Cream Enchiladas
    – Rice and beans

    TUESDAY:
    White Chicken Chili

    WEDNESDAY:
    Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Take out

    SATURDAY:
    – Nate and I are going to the Stanford/USC football game. GO STANFORD!

    SUNDAY:
    Broccoli and Chicken Pasta with Cream Sauce
    – Salad and garlic knots

    As always, I can’t wait to see what you’ve all got cooking for the week. Thank you for posting your menus!


  3. Sunday, September 15

    Week 347 Menu

    I am already making our second batch of homemade granola bars! I can’t believe how many we went through in just three days. I think having six guests and two soccer games this weekend may have had something to do with it!

    weekly menu post | thisweekfordinner.com

    I’m feeling a bit under the weather and not really wanting to sit here at the computer planning a menu, so I’m pounding this out as fast as I can!

    MONDAY:
    Bistro Chicken
    – Mashed Potatoes + a veggie

    TUESDAY:
    Chicken Soup with Rice

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Chicken Croissants (got moved to this week)
    – Veggie

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Take out

    SATURDAY:
    – Homemade pizza (Hawaiian and Honey Goat Cheese with Caramelized Onions)

    SUNDAY:
    Waffles
    – Fresh Fruit

    Your turn! Bring on the menus! I was so happy to see a few long-time reader, first-time menu posters last week! Hope to see more of you! 🙂


  4. Sunday, January 20

    Week 313 Menu… and Albion Givaway Winner!

    Hey everyone! We are almost to San Diego, which is why my menu isn’t done yet, but as you know, I never let a Sunday go by without a menu post! Plus, I need to announce the Albion giveaway winner! So here goes!

    Albionfit.com

    First, the winner of the Albion Signature Hoodie: Comment #193 Brenda, who liked the So Meshed Suit, was our lucky, randomly-selected winner. Congratulations Brenda! For everyone else, don’t forget to use the code TWFD10 to get $10 off any order plus free shipping on the Albion website.

    Second, menu time! Since I am literally driving on the freeway…wait, almost literally, Nate is doing the actual driving…I’m going to be a slacker and wait until I have Internet to get my menu up. But just because I’m a slacker doesn’t mean you get to be. 😉 Please, please, please share your menu for the week so you can inspire one another!

    Thanks everyone and have a great week!


  5. Tuesday, May 10

    Grammy McCarthy’s Brownies

    Nate’s Grammy lives south of Boston in a perfectly scenic, coastal New England town. Her home is on a lovely little gulf where you can watch the tide and the plethora of birds go about their daily business. I have so many memories there, of time spent with Nate and his family, experiencing all the emotions and rites of passage you experience with family, including our own wedding reception.

    Of course, as is often the case, there are many food associations with Grammy’s home. The two food items that are always in abundance when we visit are blueberry muffins and brownies, both of which we all eat far too quickly!

    Nate loves Grammy’s brownies. There are a few things in Nate’s mind that I think no one will ever live up to in comparison with Grammy. Her brownies are one of those things. I, of course, am always trying oodles of different brownie recipes, so I actually rarely use her recipe. Not because I don’t love them. I’m just into comparing brownie recipes! So, on Mother’s Day evening, after Nate had cooked up a divine filet mignon dinner, he said, “Do we have stuff to make brownies?” To which I replied, “Yes!” And then he said, “Okay, I’ll make them, but I’m making them my way.” Which means Grammy’s way, of course.

    The brownies tasted exactly like Grammy’s. Nate was beyond happy with the result. And it was a great Mother’s Day present for me…delicious brownies and happy memories of days and nights on the gulf. Who could ask for more?

    A note on this recipe. Yes, she uses shortening. And, yes, Nate used it, too. And, to be honest, these brownies come out with a great texture – not gooey at all, but not dried out, either.  They are the texture you expect a brownie to be and have a nice crust on top. Also, they are not uber chocolatey. If you have Julia Child’s brownies on one end of the spectrum (i.e. the super duper gooey moist chocolatey end of the spectrum), then these are on the other end. Chocolatey enough, but not overwhelming. Nikki, my anti-chocolate friend, might even give them a try!

    Oh, one more thing, unlike most brownies in my life, I actually think I like these better the second day.

    Grammy McCarthy's Brownies
     
    From Grammy McCarthy
    Author:
    Cuisine: Dessert
    Ingredients
    • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate (Grammy uses Fleishmans, we used whatever was on hand)
    • ⅓ cup shortening
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • ¾ cup flour
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    Instructions
    1. Melt chocolate and shortening in a double boiler over hot water. Take off heat and add sugar. Add eggs when mixture has cooled a bit. Mix dry ingredients together then add to the wet ingredients. Mix in ½ C broken (wal)nuts. (Since it was Mother’s Day, Nate left these out for me. Because we all know how I feel about walnuts.) Spread in well-greased, 8″ X 8″ pan.
    2. Bake at 350 degrees for ~20-25 mins.
    3. There will be a dull crust when almost done – take out. You also want your fork or toothpick to come out clean.
    4. Cut when cool.

     


  6. Thursday, August 12

    This site is safe – promise!

    Just a quick message…the red screen of fear popped up again today in regards to my site having malware. There is no malware. The site is safe. My developer has sworn on a stack of WordPress bibles that we’re good to go. Google blacklisted me again this afternoon, so we just have to {not so patiently} wait for them to review the site AGAIN and whitelist me. So…bottom line, the warning message may still be popping up, but you can safely click through to the site.

    Thanks for your patience…and thanks to all of you who helped out!


  7. Sunday, August 1

    Week 184 Menu

    Yesterday was a sad day. We had to pack up and leave the Cape. Total bummer. The week was fantastic and included this fresh corn on the cob and spicy grilled chicken wings (recipes to come if I can wrangle them from my soon-to-be brother-in-law). 

    This week is going to be nutso banana pants CRAZY. I’m driving alone with the girls to New Jersey. Then the Avery SocialLuxe Lounge (which I am co-hosting) is finally happening on Thursday. And THEN I have BlogHer ’10.  It’s going to be a pretty amazing weekend…including a small private party with Nate Berkus. CAN’T WAIT.

    Enough rambling, here’s my “menu.” Ha! Some menu. Please please pleae share your menu for the week so people can actually get some decent ideas on here! 🙂

    MONDAY:
    – On the road

    TUESDAY:
    – At my parents’ in NJ…I think we should just have lots of fresh corn on the cob for dinner

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Stuffing swag bags for SocialLuxe in NYC

    THURSDAY:
    SOCIALLUXE!!! I selected the menu for the party. I can’t remember what I picked, I just know it sounded fancy and fab!

    FRIDAY:
    – There are about a billion parties for BlogHer that night. Who the heck knows what I’ll be eating?

    SATURDAY:
    – Early in the day it’s my nephew’s 1st birthday party! There’s no cake like 1st birthday cake! That night I’ll be hangin’ with Mr. Berkus. Yea!

    SUNDAY:
    – Last night on the East Coast! Dinner with my family.


  8. Wednesday, July 7

    Best Baked Beans

    The recipe I’m about to give you is dangerously delicious. If you like baked beans, you’ll LOVE these. I made them for the 4th of July and they were a hit, even with my most-of-the-time-vegetarian friend. Thanks to my mom’s sisters who introduced me to this baked beans recipe to begin with. I have no idea where they originally got it from, perhaps I should do some digging. Wait. I’m rambling. Enjoy the beans!

    Best Baked Beans
     
    Author:
    Recipe type: Side Dish, Beans
    Ingredients
    • 2 large cans baked beans (~3 lb 5 oz total)
    • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
    • ¾ cup brown sugar
    • 1 cup ketchup
    • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 green pepper, chopped
    • ½ pound bacon, chopped
    • 2 rings pineapple (or one small can pineapple chunks, broken apart with your fingers)
    Instructions
    1. Sauté the onion and green pepper over medium heat until starting to get soft. Add the bacon and sauté until bacon is cooked through. Drain grease.
    2. While the onion and pepper are doing their thing, mix together the beans, worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard and pineapple. When the sautéd stuff is done, add it to the bean mixture. Bake in a 300-degree oven or in a crockpot on high for 2-3 hours. (I got a late start when I made these, so I baked at 350 for about 1 hour and they came out fine.)

     


  9. Friday, August 14

    “I love subs!” OR “What’s wrong with this sub?” This is a blog post with an identity crisis.

    This post was originally going to be all about how much I love subs/hoagies/grinders/ whatever-you-want-to-call-them. How I live in California and getting a decent meatball or steak and cheese sub is IMPOSSIBLE. How, when you’re in the Northeast, no matter how small the town, you can always find a pizza place that serves up delicious sandwiches.  Then I started editing my photo for the post, and my dear mother-in-law (she really is dear, by the way) looked over my shoulder and started to list all the reasons the sub pictured is no good.

    She has challenged you all, what’s wrong with this sub? And it’s not just one thing…

    Regardless of your personal feelings for this particular sub, I still stand by my original premis…I MISS SUBS. Maybe I need to open a bagel/sub shop in California? Except the last thing in the world I want to do is run a restaurant. Guess I’ll have to settle for once a year.


  10. Wednesday, July 15

    Olallieberry Picking!

    We recently went olallieberry picking! You may be thinking, “Olalawhat?” You’re not alone – I just discovered them myself. Olallieberries are grown primarily in California and are a cross between the loganberry (which is a cross between raspberries & blackberries) and the youngberry (which is a cross between blackberries & dewberries).

    Now that you know the olallieberry’s genealogy {yawn}, on to the fun stuff! We picked our olallieberries at Phipps Country Store & Farm in Pescadero, CA…a lovely spot nestled in the hills near the ocean. How beautifully northern California is that view?

    Phipps Farm was so fun, a great place to take your kids. Old tractors all over the place and more chickens than you can imagine (Anna’s favorite attraction by far). We went with one of Cate’s little friends and his family. It was just a really happy afternoon.

    The kids had a BLAST picking berries, which are ripe when they are BLACK. Needless to say, Anna was almost exclusively attracted to the bright red berries…which sadly were as sour as could be!

    Phipps had the largest assortment of beans I’ve ever seen. They were beautiful and I had to resist the urge to photograph every bean I saw.

    There are two sure signs that berry picking was a great success.

    Sign #1: Ridiculously dirty kids.

    Sign #2: Ridiculously delicious homemade jam.

    In case you’re wondering…for my olallieberry jam, I followed the freezer jam directions for raspberries from the pectin box.